Tip For Friday’s Topham Chase At Aintree: Kilcrea Vale Can Provide Trainer Nicky Henderson With A Fourth Topham Chase In The Last Six Years

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Kilcrea Vale – 25-1 with Coral. Aintree 4.05pm Friday 13th April

You have to go back 28 years to 1990 to find Seven Barrow’s trainer Nicky Henderson’s first victory in Aintree’s Topham Chase with the Richard Dunwoody-ridden eight-year-old Won’t Be Gone Long. Another four wins have followed in the race run over the Grand National fences, in 2006 courtesy of Liberthine prior to three wins on the belt from 2013 to 2015 with Triolo D’Alene, Ma Filleule and Rajdhani Express.

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Henderson is responsible for current 10-1 ante-post favourite O O Seven in this year’s renewal on Friday but at the 25-1 available with Coral the value may lie with the eight-year-old’s stablemate Kilcrea Vale in receipt of 15lb from the market leader. A maximum field of 30 are likely to go to post for the 2m 5f contest although leading fancies Gas Line Boy and Shantou Flyer are expected to bypass the race in favour of Saturday’s £1 million Grand National.

Off a mark of 135 Kilcrea Vale is going to be towards the foot of the handicap and the Beneficial gelding has shown enough to suggest that a decent race awaits the eight-year-old who has won two of his ten starts to date over fences. The horse got off the mark at the first time of asking over the bigger obstacles when winning on his debut at Ludlow in December 2016 prior to finding only the decent Three Musketeers too good at Market Rasen the following month.

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The mount of Jeremiah McGrath got back to winning ways when beating Aintree Grand Sefton winner As De Mee at Fontwell on his next start since when the Kilcrea Vale has run with credit on a number of occasions without troubling the judge. Finishing a clear second to the improving Acting Lass at Ascot in January was a fine effort and the horse looked in need of the run when fading in the closing stages at Kempton last month.

That run should have put Kilcrea Vale spot on for Friday’s race worth £78,582 to the winner and this confident jumper looks just the type to take to the fences and off a featherweight can outrun his odds. Take some Coral free bets!

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